The Balcony is a 1963 cinematic adaptation of Jean Genet's play The Balcony, directed by Joseph Strick. It starred Shelley Winters, Peter Falk, Lee Grant and Leonard Nimoy. George J. Folsey was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Ben Maddow was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award. The film also credits the photographer Helen Levitt as an assistant director, and Verna Fields, who subsequently won the Academy Award for Best Film Editing, as the sound editor.
Following the release of the DVD in 2000, Karl Wareham also reviewed it favorably. "'The Balcony' is recommended for those who like an enigma of a film, one that tugs at your subconscious long after the titles fade. It's a film that reaches to the very heart of why our society works in the way it does, and presents unrelenting questions and dilemmas."